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Taco Bell to Offer 'Breakfast Cocktail' Across US


The dreaded orange juice and Mountain Dew concoction is back

The 'AM Mountain Dew' has officially launched in locations across 10 states.

Taco Bell fans: beware. Remember that "breakfast cocktail" found back at a Taco Bell location a few months ago, a mixture of Mountain Dew and Tropicana orange juice? Turns out, that same drink will now be found in stores in 10 different states.

Back in May, a Reddit user posted a picture of the "Mountain Dew A.M.," which was said to be testing at certain locations. Last week, Taco Bell announced that it was the newest addition to the breakfast menu (not including the "A.M. Crunchwrap Supreme"). The drink combo will be mixed in store, according to a release found by Business Insider.

While no one's releasing the Mountain Dew-to-OJ ratio, the Dallas Observer did its own calculations and estimates that the combo could be upwards of 280 calories, and include 17 grams of sugar. Nothing like a sugar punch to kick off your morning, right?

As of now, the breakfast menu is only in 10 states nationwide, mostly in the West. The horror is coming for you, folks.

Update: Taco Bell corrected the actual grams of sugar in the Mountain Dew A.M.; the amount of sugar in a 16-ounce drink is 39 grams of sugar (8 teaspoons), and the 20-ounce has 46 grams of sugar (9 teaspoons).


Taco Bell&rsquos Quesalupa Is Leaving The Menu Once Again After Returning In Early March

Last year has been quite the whirlwind for Taco Bell fans what with menu cuts, returning items, and all-new restaurant formats popping up nationwide. In early March Taco Bell announced that they were bringing back the Quesalupa but that romance was short-lived and it seems the Quesalupa is leaving menus once again.

Before this year, the Quesalupa was last seen on Taco Bell menus in 2016 aka the year Drake released "Controlla" so you were enjoying the cheesy meal while blasting Views. Since its reintroduction, the Quesalupa boasted a new recipe with 50 percent more cheese than before. The quesadilla-chalupa hybrid features a chalupa shell stuffed with a blend of melted pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses. The shell is then stuffed with all the fixings like seasoned beef, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and reduced-fat sour cream.

Unfortunately, a spokesperson for Taco Bell confirmed to Thrillist that the Quesalupa is leaving menus by saying: "Fans are encouraged to satisfy their Quesalupa craving before it leaves Taco Bell&rsquos menu later this month." Although that's pretty vague, if you want to get a new and improved Quesalupa before they're gone it's best to act fast.

Don't fret though, because there is always the chance that these limited-time offers return again later on. Fast-food chains are good at listening to customer feedback when it comes to their menus (remember when McDonald's brought back orange Hi-C?) so we can start manifesting Quesalupas at some point in the future. It's always hard to say goodbye.


Tacos

Courtesy of Taco Bell

If you abide by a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet, then you'll notice this single taco eats up a little over 25 percent of your daily calories and half of a day's worth of saturated fat. According to the Cleveland Clinic, no more than 10 percent of your daily calories, or 22 grams, should be allotted to saturated fat. We know it's hard to resist ordering a side, especially when you're only getting one taco, so keep that in mind before you ask for a plate of cheesy nachos to go with this single taco.


We believe everyone deserves the right to Live Más – and we’re constantly inspired by the creativity it takes to get there.

At Taco Bell, we’ve had innovation on our mind since Glen Bell started serving tacos at the first location in 1962 in Downey, California. Since then, we’ve grown to be a culture-centric, lifestyle brand that provides craveable, affordable Mexican-inspired food with bold flavors. Not only do we provide breakthrough value, we offer quality ingredients and are the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items.

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We provide educational opportunities and serve the community through our nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation, and support fans and team members with their passions through programs such as the Live Más Scholarship. We provide access to sports, gaming and new music through our Feed The Beat program.


Chicken soft taco

Even if you're not ordering off the Fresco menu, there are still quite a bit of relatively healthy options at Taco Bell. One of my favorite old standbys is the chicken soft taco. Comprised of a soft tortilla, chicken, lettuce, and cheese, it's taco in its most basic form insofar as fast food chains go. In total, it has 170 calories and eight grams of fat, along with ten grams of protein. Throw in a gram of fiber and you have a decent nutritional profile, albeit a little high in fat, and like most fast-food items, high in sodium.

Additionally, as of the beginning of the year, all of the chicken that Taco Bell serves in the United States is raised without antibiotics important to human medicine.


California Pizza Kitchen

Courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen

Under the "California Pizza Kitchen Market" umbrella, CPK is offering five delicious meal kits to satisfy all your dinner cravings. Choose from a spring kit (pictured above with the roasted salmon), an asian lettuce wrap kit, taco kit, kids build-your-own pizza, and a home dessert kit. Kits will feed two to four people and each comes with easy-to-follow recipe cards. The dinner meal kit prices range from $14 to $120 (that's if you choose the grilled ribeye for the spring kit).


Chili Cheese Burrito inspired by the Taco Bell Chilito

Are you looking for the Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito or the Chilito? This version of the Chili Cheese Burrito recipe is a combination of beef, refried beans, and melted cheese wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

My formative years were in the ’90s. It’s my favorite music, television shows when I meet my wife and was able to buy my own food. Well, the only food I can remember, besides the Paul Bunyan Plus breakfast platter from Ram’s Horn, was the chilito from Taco Bell. I probably had one or two every day. I’m not kidding. I loved it that much. When I was in high school, I went to a vocational training center for the first part of my day. On the way back to the high school, whoever would be driving, would always stop at the Bell for lunch. And I bought a chilito or two every time.

At some point, Taco Bell changed the name of the chilito to the Chili Cheese Burrito. Apparently ‘chilito‘ means something completely different in Spanish than what Taco Bell was going for. I wonder who the marketing whiz that made that blunder was? But opposite to what the Spanish version means, this was a big burrito. It was steamed burrito packed with gooey chili and melted cheese. I thought that it was amazing and as long as Taco Bell was serving it, I was going to keep buying it.

Late 80’s early 90’s Taco Bell

I remember taking a road trip once with an old buddy of mine. We were bored out of our minds. So we drove from Detroit to Sandusky, Ohio where the amusement park, Cedar Point is. The thing is, once we arrived in Sandusky, we went to Taco Bell and ordered our Chili Cheese Burritos. After eating I asked, ‘Now what?’ So we gassed up and made the two-hour drive back home. That’s not all we did in Sandusky. We did walk through the mall and bought a gift card for another friend who was having a birthday. The joke was on him when he wanted to spend that gift card because he would have to drive the two hours to the mall to shop. I hope that twenty-bucks was worth it!

Maybe in the late-90’s or so, Taco Bell discontinued the burrito – at least where I live – supposedly there’s an urban legend that some areas of the country still offer it. There’s another rumor that the Chili Cheese Burrito is on Taco Bell’s ‘secret’ menu. It must be a really good secret because none of the restaurants around me make it.

There are still times when I crave the cheesy burrito. Maybe it’s when Candlebox, Soundgarden or Nirvana is playing on the radio? I’ve searched online for copycat recipes. There are a few, but I have only made two that come close to the flavor of the real thing. The one I like the most is from CigarObsession.com. They offer a 14-minute video on the recipe. It’s cumbersome to watch and get the ingredients and proper steps. They also use multiple pots and pans to finish the dish. (If you want to watch the video and see how they prepare the recipe, here is the link.) I use the same ingredients that they do, but I simplified it so it can be made in one large pot. Plus, I wrote down the recipe!

Besides tasting amazing, the recipe makes a lot. In fact, there is so much that I used some of it for an equally amazing chip dip by stirring in some salsa. If you loved the Chili Cheese Burrito from Taco Bell and have been looking for a good recipe to match it, crank up the Pearl Jam, put on reruns of Friends, and enjoy this recipe!


Taco Bell&rsquos Pineapple Whip Freeze Is Exactly What We Need This Summer

Flamin&rsquo Hot Doritos Locos Taco meets its frozen counterpart.

We’re just days away from Memorial Day Weekend, which normally would mark the start of a glorious summer. That’s uh… probably not going to be the case this year if we’re being honest. But a global pandemic doesn’t affect the weather (at least as far as we know), so people will still need frosty beverages to help them keep their cool as we head towards the dog days of a pretty lame year.

Luckily, Taco Bell has the situation under control. As a nice contrast after heating things up with the recently-unveiled Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco, the Mexican chain is also offering to help us all cool off with a tropically-tinged drink they’re calling the Pineapple Whip Freeze.

Dropping on May 21, just in time for this fraudulent Memorial Day weekend, this frozen treat mixes up sweet vanilla cream with a pineapple whip, plus a (non-edible) green lid to really drive the pineapple aesthetic home. Though they𠆝 probably never admit to it, it wouldn’t shock me to learn that Disney’s classic Dole Whip served as an inspiration for the Pineapple Whip Freeze behind the scenes.

Lest any pineapple haters think that Taco Bell doesn’t care about their beverage preferences, this isn’t the only freeze on the menu. You’ll also find a Wild Strawberry Freeze, a Tie-Dye freeze (if you ask for it from the “secret menu”). There’s also the holy grail of all frozen beverages: the Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze. In short, there’s something for everyone as long as you like your beverages ice cold.

While you can’t exactly walk into most Taco Bells to sit down and slurp your Pineapple Whip Freeze, you can definitely grab one of these from the drive-thru. Even better, they’re available for just $1 during TB’s “Happier Hour” between 2:00 and 5:00 PM.

So at a time like this that calls for cheap Chalupas and frozen beverages, Taco Bell’s lineup is there for you. Will the Pineapple Whip Freeze and its differently-flavored cousins taste even better with a little rum or tequila? Well, that’s for you to find out.


Cognitive impairment.

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When we dig into a box of tacos, increased feelings of depression isn't the only thing to worry about.

"With a diet high in unhealthy trans fats, added sugars, and processed foods, the brain struggles to think clearly," Dr. Naidoo said.

"Diets high in saturated fat can also have an effect on your cognitive abilities," says Jay Cowin, ASYSTEM's Registered Nutritionist and Director of Formulations. "Brain inflammation and insulin resistance, caused by saturated fatty acids, have been implicated in cognitive deficits."


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